[sic] Gambel, 1843,
Los Angeles County, California, USA.
Most closely related to D. scalaris and D. pubescens (with both of which it occasionally hybridizes), and all three previously placed in genus Picoides; molecular analyses indicate relationship also with D. minor#R. Present species has sometimes been included in Veniliornis. Specific name emended on basis of internal information from original description. Monotypic.
SW USA from N California S (mainly W of desert areas) to extreme NW Mexico (NW Baja California).
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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